An Act of Pure SpiteLabour Hijack Money Earmarked for New Youth CentreHartlepool Labour Group have moved in on over £600,000 of money that that had been ring-fenced to replace a demolished Youth Centre in Seaton Carew. The move followed a humiliating by-election defeat for Labour in the Seaton ward which saw their candidate, Ann Marshall coming a poor third after receiving just 275 votes.The £600,000+ pot of mopney is part of the 106 ‘community money’ payable by Esh Developments as a result of its recent housing development in Seaton Carew which had required the demolition of the existing Youth Centre. The deal was negotioated by former elected Mayor Stuart Drummond and his then Cabinet with the money to build a new Youth Centre and additional sports facilities ring-fenced for that purpose.At a meeting of the Full Council held on Thursday, 14th December Labour voted to remove the ring-fencing and make the money available to be spent in wards other than Seaton.
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Labour Cling On to Victoria Ward Seat on 15.9% TurnoutLabour’s Katie Trueman has hung on to their Victoria Ward seat in a by-election that saw a turnout of just 15.9% and their core vote falling by 35%Full resultIt’s A Jolly Holiday With MaryThe Akers-Belchers, along with their obedient lapdog, Paul Beck have been on their travels again - this time to the City of Belfast.We’re told that it was an official visit to visit the local Sheriff or maybe they just couldn’t pass up on another chance to dress up and take in a show.Council Workers GaggedWorkers involved in the construction and running of the new Hartlepool Centre for Independent Living were forced to sign confidentiality clauses to stop any further information on the real reasons behind the replacement of carpets in the Independent Living Centre leaking out.What A Load of RubbishThey were hailed as the answer to Seaton Carew’s litter problem but the 15, £6,000 a-piece Smart Bins have quickly become something of a joke after several were spotted over-flowing with rubbish.The bins, which cost an astonishing £90,000 in total, enough to buy more than 250 conventional litter bins, were the subject of a highly controlled video interview with Tony Hanson, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Environmental Services in which he describes how the bins would hold 5 times the litter of a conventional litter bin and would even send a text message and e-mail to Hartlepool Council when they needed to be emptied.However, the picture suggests that no one is responding to those messages and council workers responsible for emptying the bins have simply continued with their existing routine. read more >Tanfield Road ‘Inspirations’ Nursery Under ThreatJust four years after spending over £150,000on its Stranton Nursery in Tanfield Road and re-launching it as the InspirationsGarden Centre, it’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council is now considering flattening it and selling the land to a developer for housing. Read MoreLeader’s £8,000 Pay Rise Goes On Brand New BMW Sports Car - (Complete with Personalised Number Plates)While hundreds of vulnerable town residents are wondering if they can afford to pay the new £25 a month charge for their Homecall emergency service funding, the Leader of the Council, Christopher Akers-Belcher has used the recent £8,000 council pay rise he voted himself to buy a brand new BMW Z4 Sports Car for an estimated £40,000.Hartlepool Council has announced that it is withdrawing funding for the Homecall Service, which is administered by housing group Thirteen, because it can’t afford it.Council Withdraws Funding the new Vulnerable Adult ServiceHartlepool Council is to withdraw funding for the Homecall Service from February next year. The service, which is administered by the Thirteen Group, provides alarm monitoring and a response service to vulnerable people living alone who have medical conditions or who may be susceptible to having falls within their own homes.From February next year, the service will cost pensioners and other vulnerable adults up to £25 per month - more than any other Teesside authority. read moreFor the Few, Not the ManyThe Labour/Tory coalition controlling Hartlepool Council have voted themselves a 31% pay increase.The move comes as public sector workers remain tied to an annual 1% and many in the private sector are being forced to accept even less. The increase, which was recommended by an Independent Remuneration Panel, was voted through by 17 Labour councillors with the help of all 3 Conservative councillors. Read MoreCouncil Writes Off £358,483 of Morton’s Unpaid Business RatesHartlepool Borough Council has written off more than £358,000 in Business Rates, the equivalent of a 1% council tax increase, owed to them by ‘businessman’ Brian Morton.The unpaid debts are spread across four of Morton’s companies: Tees Leisure Ltd; Johnnor Developments Ltd; Seaton Leisure Ltd and Clockwise Leisure Ltd which between them cover the ownership of the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Seaton Sports Domes.Morton has dissolved or liquidated companies covering the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Sports Domes only to relaunch them under a new company name immediately afterwards, each time leaving a trail of unpaid creditors and staff.
Where’s the Statement, Councillor?We’re still waiting for the statement from Councillor McLaughlin that was promised by fellow Labour Councillor, Allan Barclay.The inebriate Barclay had described the story above as a “crock of shit”and as ‘”fake news” using his Facebook account.Meanwhile, McLaughlin’s own Facebook account has erupted with activity since the story broke with the councillor even taking to paying Facebook to promote his posts to other Facebook users.